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AMBER Alerts were issued 11/23/2009 for a missing child in South Carolina and a missing child in Texas.

The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Angela Rodriguez. Police are looking for Joaquin Garcia in connection with her abduction. The suspect is driving the listed vehicle. The suspect was last heard from in Shepherd, TX. Law enforcement officials believe this child to be in grave or immediate danger.

If you have information, please contact San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, 936-653-4367.

Authorities in South Carolina have issued an AMBER Alert for Angel Miguel Perez. The child was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue pants, white shoes, and a blue hat.

If you have information, please contact North Charleston Police Department, 843-822-1128.

Update: North Charleston Police Find Missing Baby and Make Arrest

Update: The AMBER Alert for Angela Rodriguez has been canceled. No details are available. She is still listed as “Endangered Missing“.

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Last year, Clear Channel Outdoor-Jacksonville Division, Florida Outdoor Advertising Association (FOAA) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) donated several billboards to raise the public’s awareness for several Florida missing children. Among them were billboards for missing  Kamiyah Mobley, Jarkeuis Adside, Zachary Michael-Cole Bernhardt, Bryan Dossantos-Gomes, and  Trenton Duckett.

In South Carolina, a Billboard to be erected for missing NY teen Brittanee Drexel.

A large roadside billboard will go up sometime in the next week that features what has become one of Myrtle Beach’s only unsolved missing persons cases.

The billboard will be placed near the North Santee community in Georgetown County and feature a large picture of 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel who vanished from Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach on April 25. 

Brittanee Drexel Billboard copy

Related Post: Rochester girl missing in Myrtle Beach

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A 4-year-old child is missing in North Charleston, SC. He isn’t listed at the NCMEC though he was last seen around 7:30 yesterday morning. North Charleston is approximately 100 miles south of Myrtle Beach where the search continues for missing Brittanee Drexel of Rochester, NY.

North Charleston police search for missing child and woman

North Charleston police officers are searching for a missing woman and a four-year-old boy.

Jerome Smalls was last seen with Sara Gathers, his father’s fiancé. The child’s father, also named Jerome Smalls, says the two were last seen around 7:30 yesterday morning.

Smalls says Gathers suffers from schizophrenia and has gone missing before, last time checking into a medical facility. He says he’s already checked local hospitals with no luck.

Gathers is known to frequent the downtown area around Piggly Wiggly. She is 5’8, 250 lbs and was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt. The child is 3’2 and 42 lbs.

If you have any information, please call the North Charleston Police Department.

Visit the South Carolina Attorney General and though the Attorney General’s office is working with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to find South Carolina’s missing children you won’t find Jerome there.

South Carolina Registry Of Missing Children

Nothing is more distressing than the disappearance of a child. Unfortunately, thousands of parents nationwide live daily with the painful knowledge that a child — a son or daughter — has been abducted or become lost. Some of these children are eventually returned to their homes. A few are found brutally murdered. In some cases, the parents never hear from them again.

The Attorney General’s office is working with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to find South Carolina’s missing children.

Update 05-05-09: BREAKING: Missing child and woman found

North Charleston police say a woman and child who were last seen Friday morning are safe this morning.

Sara Gathers and four-year-old Jerome Smalls were found outside of the Piggly Wiggly on Meeting Street.

Officials are now transporting them to the hospital to be checked out.

Smalls’ father says Gathers is his fiancé and she suffers from schizophrenia and has taken off before…last time she checked into a medical facility.

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Endangered Runaway Brittanee Drexel

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Why did it take until Tuesday afternoon to enter Brittanee Drexel as a missing child at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)? Shouldn’t she have been entered into the NCMEC database once she was entered into the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computers? It would seem it would have been the ideal time to obtain a waiver from her parent or guardian, so it was on file at the NCMEC giving them permission to disseminate her photograph, if that is the reason for the delay.

According to SCNow.com:  

Police entered Drexel’s description into the National Crime Information Center database on Sunday.

 

On the NCMEC site they have tips of what to do should your child “runaway”. Some of them are:

Make sure law enforcement enters your child’s name and description into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) databases. Law-enforcement agencies across the country have access to NCIC. This information will not give your child a record with law enforcement, but it may aid in his or her safe return.
If your local law-enforcement agency won’t enter information about your child into NCIC’s databases, the FBI will. The Missing Children Act of 1982 mandates this. Contact your nearest FBI field office for help.

If your local law-enforcement agency won’t enter information about your child into NCIC’s databases, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will. The Missing Children Act of 1982 mandates this. Contact your nearest FBI field office for help.

Remember no matter what you have been told, there is no law requiring a waiting period for reporting a child, who is younger than 21, to law enforcement or for entry into NCIC. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Pub. L. No. 109-248) mandates entry must be made by law enforcement into NCIC’s Missing Person File within 2 hours’ receipt of a report of a missing or abducted child.

Make sure that law enforcement passes on the necessary information about your child to the missing-child clearinghouse within your state or territory.

If you have not done so,report your missing child to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist. Ask about other missing-child organizations throughout the United States that may assist in the search.

Searching for updates on another missing teen, Kara Kopetsky  is listed at the NCMEC as Endangered Missing. She has been missing since May 4, 2007.

Teen argued with teacher, left school and vanished

When Kara didn’t come home from school as usual, her family — mother Rhonda, stepfather Jim and stepbrother Thomas — grew worried. They filed a missing persons report later that afternoon.
Police told them they believed Kara was a runaway, and that she’d come back on her own in a few days.

Other children  last seen walking to or from school are Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes  last seen in Jacksonville, Fl. on Feb 10, 2005 and Amber Dubois  last seen on Feb 13, 2009.

Update 05-05-09: When hearing of a Texas based non-profit group in Myrtle Beach to help in the search for Brittanee you may think it is Texas Equusearch who recently helped search for Caylee Anthony in Florida but you would be mistaken as there are members of another Texas based group the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children.

“We’re still looking for her,” Knipes said. “She could be a runaway, a missing person or an abduction. We don’t have a label on it.”

Also Monday, two representatives from the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children arrived in Myrtle Beach to assist in the search, according to Bob Walcutt, executive director. The Texas-based group’s mission statement is to “prevent abductions and runaways and to recover missing children by fostering a Triangle of Trust among law enforcement, community and a missing child’s family.”

Update 05-06-09: Crime Stoppers offers reward up to $1000 in Brittanee Drexel disappearance


The public is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers if they, or someone they know, have any information regarding the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel, or of any other crimes, by phone at 1-888-274-6372 (1-888-CRIME-SC), or on the web at http://www.5541111.com. Anonymous text tips can be sent to Crimes Stoppers by starting a new text message to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “CSL”. All contact remains anonymous and tipsters could earn a reward up to $1000.

Update 05-09-09: N.Y. pastor offers additional $10,000 for info on missing teen

An Albany, N.Y., pastor has offered to pitch in $10,000 of his own money to up the reward for information regarding Brittanee Drexel, a missing 17-year-old from Rochester, N.Y.

Pastor Charles Muller of Victory Christian Church said he regularly works with teens in his community through mission centers and anti-violence projects. However, when he read about Drexel, who went missing April 25 during a trip to Myrtle Beach, it hit close to home.

Update 05-14-09: Police Investigate Possible Sighting of Missing New York Teen Who Vanished in Myrtle Beach

Police are investigating a possible sighting at a gas station of missing New York teen Brittanee Drexel, who disappeared while on spring break in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Capt. David Knipes said detectives are reviewing surveillance camera footage from a Scotchman convenience store at a gas station in Socastee, S.C., after a woman fitting 17-year-old Drexel’s description was reported to have been there Thursday morning.

The Brittanee look-alike used the ATM about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, left the station’s store and then drove away in a red Dodge Stratus with New York license plates, Knipes said.

The vehicle’s plate number is EJS-9543.

Update 05-15-09: Police Determine Look-Alike Is Not Missing New York Teen Who Vanished in Myrtle Beach

Update 06-03-09: Brittanee Drexel Update

In five weeks of searching, there has been no sign of Brittanee Drexel. There have been dozens of leads and sightings. None have panned out.

Brittanee’s mother, Dawn Drexel, has been in South Carolina since the beginning. She is determined as ever, but she told News 10NBC by phone Wednesday she’s emotionally spent.

“This is very, very difficult because you don’t know, you just don’t know if she’s still here with us…or she’s not….But we’re trying to keep hopeful that we can find her still,” Drexel said.

Drexel has traveled to Charleston and points in between, talking to people, handing out flyers. This weekend, Brittanee’s story will air on “America’s Most Wanted.” That gives Dawn Drexel hope.

“I’m trying to get her on national television and keep her face out there so if somebody did see something or heard something, that they would come forward.”

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Holding out hope

$50,000 reward for Kara Kopetsky soon to end

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An AMBER Alert  in South Carolina has been issued for two missing children 1 year-old Destiny Reyes and 3-year old Melanie Reyes

Destiny and Melanie were last seen on February 19, 2009. They may be in the company of their father. They may be traveling in a tan Isuzu Trooper with South Carolina license plates BJD238. CAUTION IS ADVISED.

When to Activate the South Carolina AMBER Alert

  • As soon as an abduction is reported and the investigation reveals the following:
    The law enforcement agency believes that the child has been abducted (taken from their environment unlawfully, without authority of law, and without permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian).
  • The child is 17 years old or younger, and the law enforcement agency believes the child is in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death; or if the individual is 18 years old or older, and the law enforcement agency believes the individual is at greater risk for immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death because the individual possesses a proven physical or mental disability.
  • All other possibilities for the victim’s disappearance have been reasonably excluded.
  • There is sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the victim, suspect, or vehicle used in the abduction.

 

Amber Alert in SC, NC for 2 kids; mother stabbed

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Authorities continued to search Friday for a man suspected of stabbing his common-law wife in northern South Carolina and fleeing with the couple’s two children.

Authorities believe Gerardo Reyes-Campos stabbed Diane Madisol Trejo, 22, in the neck and hands during a fight around 6 p.m. Thursday in Lancaster, South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Jennifer Timmons said…

…Reyes-Campos has a criminal record in South Carolina dating back to 1996 that includes arrests for drunken driving, public drunkenness, criminal domestic violence and cocaine possession. Authorities say he should be considered dangerous and urge anyone who sees Reyes-Campos to call 911 or the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Reyes-Campos, who is in the country illegally, was deported to Mexico in September, according to Lancaster Sheriff’s Maj. David Belk. Authorities did not know he had returned to the U.S., Belk said.

Update 02-20-09 S.C. sisters found safe, alleged abductor at large

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The authorities believed him to be armed and dangerous but his estranged wife felt otherwise. Another stabbing, another parent,  this time resulting in death in San Bernadino, California.   “Missing Kids Found With Murder Suspect

 Just minutes after issuing an amber alert for 4 children in San Bernardino County, a motorist spotted the suspect’s mini van on the 210 freeway.

He allegedly stabbed his estranged wife’s boyfriend prior to kidnapping the children according to ABC 7.

 Police say this all started early Sunday morning at a house on the 1400 block of North Bell in San Bernardino. They say Sanchez had gone over to the house where his estranged wife was living. For some reason, Sanchez got into an argument with her. In the bedroom at the time was the wife’s live-in boyfriend. Police say that’s when Sanchez got violent and stabbed the boyfriend to death.

In Tennessee the search is on for a missing child. She is not listed at the NCMEC nor is she the subject of an Amber Alert. She is listed at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

Police Search For Missing 3-Year-Old

A warrant has been issued for Keiya Simmons’ arrest for custodial interference. 

Police said Simmons may be traveling with two rented moving vans toward North Carolina. 

Police said the child’s mother is a belly dancer who travels with a troupe. They also said she has numerous Turkish and Chinese writing tattoos on her body.

Update 08-23-07 The child’s poster has been removed from the TBI site.

Note: Elsewhere in Tennessee

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office has requested SLED to activate an Amber Alert after 27-year-old Michael Lowe, of Greeneville, Tenn., abducted his three children from their mother at 4273 Santolina Way in Murrells Inlet. The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is also asking for the publics help in locating the children and suspect,” Sgt. Neil Johnson wrote in the department’s release

Update: The alert for Michael Lowe has been canceled and he has been arrested.

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